Step 6: Determine capacity
It’s about big change, not big numbers. Only commit to serving the amount of students that can be served well. The aim is to under-promise and over-deliver, rather than over-promise and under-deliver. Expect for volunteers to wane in commitment, the longer the period of service. To determine capacity, consider the number of adult volunteers and staff who are dependable each day. Plan to have a maximum of a 1:5 ratio of adults to children. Start small and only allow the program to grow if it growth doesn’t jeopardize effectiveness.